Loved by the locals: Auckland

Spread over 4000km of designated marine park, the glistening waters of the Hauraki Gulf reach from the shores of Auckland...


Auckland Sky Tower and the illuminated light path bicycle lane beside the highway. © Mlenny 
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BKs Counties Motor Lodge Visit website

Pukekohe's largest Motel - 26 premium & standard grade studio & 1 bedroom units. Pukekohe's only motel with a solar heated swimming pool. . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Five picks for a weekend in Takapuna

A short drive across Auckland’s harbour bridge leads to an iconic beach, great cafés and, in summer, water-based activities in the warm sea. Read the story . . . 

Bargain Rentals Visit website

You no longer have to compare car rentals to find the best price - we have it all here, at highly competitive prices!? When you . . . More . . . 

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MOTAT (Museum of Transport & Technology) Visit website

MOTAT is the largest museum of its kind in New Zealand and promises an interactive and exciting experience for both young and old. . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Great Barrier Island: a rugged road trip

It’s as if a chunk of Coromandel Peninsula floated off to the north. There’s the surf beach side and the quieter bay side, like Coromandel, with the steep choppy spine in between. Read the story . . . 

Fat Camel Backpackers Hostel Visit website

In the heart of downtown Auckland. Apartment style layout catering for doubles, twins, quads, 6 share & 8 share dorms & female only dorms. Onsite . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Urban explorer: Ponsonby

Wealthy, good-looking and oh-so-hip, if Ponsonby was a kid you went to school with, you’d probably hate them. Read the story . . . 

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Avondale Motor Inn Visit website

One of West Auckland's newest Motor Inn and Conference Centres. 11 studios, 5 x 1-bedroom and 2 x 2-bedroom family units (fully self-contained). . . . More . . . 

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City Lodge Visit website

With a 5-star Qualmark Backpacker rating, City Lodge is outstanding when it comes to convenience, quality, and value-for-money accommodation in Auckland. . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Urban explorer: Point Chevalier

If you’re partial to a peninsula and you like your city settlements on the quirky side, the trio of suburbs near central Auckland’s inner harbour is well worth exploring.  Read the story . . . 

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Orewa Beach Holiday Park Visit website

Located at the gateway to Northland on the bustling Hibiscus Coast just 35km north of Auckland City, Orewa Beach Holiday Park is the ideal holiday . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Firth of Thames: the gentle way south

The alternate road heading south from Auckland, along the Firth of Thames, is a quiet, visual treat with lots to see and do. Read the story . . . 

Devonport Chocolates Visit website

Devonport Chocolates - Devonport, Auckland, where our chocolate kitchen is and you can see chocolate being made through the window in the shop. . . . More . . . 

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Food and drink

Urban explorer: Queen Street

Queen Street is considered Auckland’s main street, the axis on which the city spins. Read the story . . . 

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